In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to run through life. Sometimes life seems to move so fast that we struggle to keep up with the day-to-day. When this happens, we go into autopilot and before we know it, we’ve lost ourselves. Taking time each day or a few times a week for self-reflection can slow down your otherwise busy life. Here are a few benefits of self-reflection.
Self-reflection enables us to learn about ourselves. There are no perfect people. We all have room to grow and reflecting allows us to do exactly that. We’ll learn our strengths and weaknesses. We’ll see the areas we need to work on like time management or confrontation, and we’ll be better off for it.
Self-reflection allows us to come to terms with our inner feelings. Sometimes life provides so many distractions that we don’t have time to feel so we push our emotions deep inside. However, keeping our feelings inside can lead to stress and irritability. Expressing ourselves regularly can alleviate stress. Also, self-reflection lets us see things in a more accurate light. Often we are stressed because we perceive things to be worse than they really are. Reflecting shows us that doing poorly on a presentation is not the end of the world.
By taking time to self-reflect, we can assess whether or not we are reaching our goals and why. Many of us are discouraged by the fact that we aren’t where we thought we would be. We start the year off with goals and aspirations and then assume we are incapable when don’t achieve them. Regular reflection allows us to assess where we are in relation to reaching our goals. Then we can make adjustments and personal changes to accomplish the success we desire.